Empire State College is committed to the idea that people deserve credit for college-level learning, no matter how it was acquired. Many people have developed learning outside of the traditional classroom and this knowledge is as valuable as knowledge gained through more formal learning situations. Credit is granted for verifiable learning, but not for the experience itself. This learning can be identified and assessed in a variety of ways to determine if college credit should be awarded. Credit earned in this manner, called credit by evaluation, is listed as advanced-standing credit on a student's degree program/transcript. The evaluation of prior learning and the development of an individualized degree program go hand in hand and credit is awarded when it fits appropriately into a student's degree program. Therefore, this process is only available for students seeking a degree at Empire State College.